Enjoy the best time of the year in all its glory with your Family. A list of places to enjoy Christmas and holiday light displays in Calgary.
1. Christmas Lights Themed Evening out – A free walking tour to enjoy the season.
The best place to enjoy Christmas lights in Calgary, free of charge, is to go for a downtown Calgary walking tour.
Start the day with skating at Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE, Calgary). Then walk the pedestrian only Stephen Avenue (8 Avenue SW between 4 Street SW and 1 Street SE) decked with artistic lights.
Take a break, visit CORE, grab a bite or a mug of hot chocolate, revel in the greenery at Devonian Gardens. Don’t miss CORE’s 45-foot Christmas tree. Tree lighting 2015 – TBA
Continue to the historic McDougall Centre all aglow in Christmas lights.
Prince’s Island Park is your final destination. Cross the twinkling pedestrian bridge, revelling in the glistening icicles on the trees. You can also start the tour at Prince’s Island Park : start your trip at the island lagoon (skate here if you like) and retrace the tour described above.
Make sure you are dressed for the weather!!
2. 2015 Light Up Okotoks
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with a visit from Santa, lighting of the Christmas tree and festive activities all through downtown! Enjoy live performances, Ice Sculpture Demo, Spirit of Christmas Artisan Market, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Pony petting zoo, Arts & Craft Sale,Hot Chocolate & more! Details
The lights will remain throughout the season.
Friday, November 20, 2015 | 5:00 PM – 09:00 PM
At the Olde Towne Plaza Stage
Visit from Santa 6:50 PM
Lighting of Community Christmas Tree: 07:00 PM
Fireworks from Lineham Park @ 09:00 PM
Along Elizabeth Street, Okotoks Public Library, Okotoks Art Gallery.
Food donations appreciated.
3. Zoo lights at Calgary Zoo
Ultimate Christmas Light decoration with over 1.5 million lights twisting around trees, and tracing animal and dinosaur shapes. Along the way, stop to warm up by the fire pits and have some fun in the Kids Zone.- Should be on the must do list. Zoo Lights
November 27, 2015 until January 2, 2016 | 06:00 PM – 9:00 PM
General Admission (16 +): $14 + tax
Children (3-15 ): $11.00 + tax
4. Lions Festival of Lights
The Festival of Lights is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 105,000 lights along 14 th St NW. Details
November 28, 2015 until January 8, 2016 | 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Grand Opening November 28, 2015 | 05:00 PM
Confederation Park in NW Calgary. The display can be viewed along 14 St NW, South of 24 Avenue.
5. Christmas in Canmore
Downtown Canmore will shine brightly with the spirit of the holiday season for 4 weeks. Main Street and the surrounding area will come alive with the vibrancy and magic of Christmas with lights and decorations and holiday festivities including extended shopping hours on weekends, outdoor movies, skating on the pond and and more. Details
Main Street & Downtown Canmore
Lougheed House: The magnificent mansion, Lougheed House will be decked in artistic lights during the season.
6. Airdrie Festival of Lights
Western Canada’s Largest outdoor walk through Christmas Light Display! Enjoy the lights, Skate at the Nose Creek Pond, Ride the miniature train & more! Details
December 1 to 31, 2015 | 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Nose Creek Park -1701 Main St S,Airdrie, AB T4B 1A4.
GPS location: 51.277971,-114.012092/ +51° 16′ 39.29″, -114° 0′ 50.34″.
Take Deerfoot Trail and Highway 2 to the first Airdrie exit. From the exit ramp, turn left, and then travel west on (Yankee Valley Blvd) about 1 kilometre, to the traffic lights at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street, and travel north about 1 kilometer, then turn left into Nose Creek Park.-source from Airdrie site.
Admission by Donation; Activities ticketed.
7. Christmas at Spruce Meadows
During Christmas time, Spruce Meadows is adorned with Christmas decorations. The 2 kilometer drive through the grounds includes Tournament Lane, The Courtyard, Traffic Circle, the Nations Flag Park, Congress Hall, Riders Chapel and the Pond with strings of lights measuring 72 kilometers. Details
December 5, 2015 – January 4, 2016 | 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM
8. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The Canadian Holiday Train embarks on its three-week journey from Montreal, Quebec, finishing up in BC. Each event features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank. The whole train is lit up like a christmas tree. Details
Airdrie on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 05:30 PM (Show from 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM)
Calgary on Friday, December 11, 2015 | 6:45 PM (show from 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM)
Airdrie @ Nose Creek Park, Main Street
Calgary @ Anderson C-Train Station – South C-train parking lot
Free – Donations to Food Bank.
9. For a romantic or date night christmas lights tour, head out to Heritage Ranch – Details here
10 . For all the Christmas lights in Calgary including individual house decorations- Check this website – LightenupCalgary